Treasure Coast Tourism Showcase

This looks like a fun and worthwhile local event. Thank you to St. Lucie, Indian River & Martin Counties for pulling this together. Below are the details.

Play tourist in your town at the Treasure Coast Tourism Showcase! 

Join us for the Treasure Coast Tourism Showcase on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Havert L. Fenn Center located at 2000 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

This is the first-ever “Treasure Coast” Tourism Showcase as St. Lucie, Indian River & Martin County team together to present all of the unique things to do and see in the area such as hotels, restaurants, tour guides, attractions and more! Door prizes and a staycation packages will be given away to lucky winners! The event is FREE and perfect for families, so come find out more about the things you can do right in your own backyard.

This year, some exhibitors include Lady Chris Deep Sea Fishing, Treasure Coast Seaplanes, Captain Hiram’s Resort, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, The Lyric Theatre, The Sunrise Theatre, Perfect Drive Vacation Rentals, The Residence Inn in Port St. Lucie, Walking Tree Brewery, Heathcote Botanical Gardens, and so much more!

Enjoy special entertainment and presentations from Treasure Coast Newspaper Outdoors Writer, Ed Killer, art in motion by the Florida Highwaymen and legendary treasure hunter, John Brandon of 1715 Fleet Queens Jewels.

The Beauty of Florida - Year In Review 2016

The Beauty of the Treasure Coast

Last year I vowed to get out more and photograph the beauty of my new home here in Florida. Unfortunately, most of my travel plans which included a trip to St. Augustine, Florida and a return trip home to California were postponed because of health issues with my dog Logan. (He's making great progress but he is getting older).

The year started off with a trip down to Fort Lauderdale for a couple nights. While I was visiting I had the opportunity to check out Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Pampano Beach. Both have terrific piers. One of my highlights was dining at Casa Fida Mexican Cuisine. If you haven't checked it out, it's worth a visit. Very good eats and vibe.

Most of the year was spent photographing local area locations that I've found along the Treasure Coast since relocating from California. Some of my favorite go-to spots are in Sebastian (Sebastian Inlet State Park), Wabasso (Rock City Gardens), Vero Beach (McKee Botanical Garden), Fort. Pierce (Fort Pierce Inlet State Park), and Stuart (House of Refuge & Bathtub Reef Beach). Below is a round up of images taken this year that I haven't added to the portfolio page plus a couple newly processed images. Hope you enjoy!

Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

Intentional Camera Movement Photography - Ocean Wave Series

Earlier this year I started experimenting with a technique that I wasn't too familiar with. The technique is called "Intentional Camera Movement Photography" or ICM. The idea is to introduce blur into the photograph using a slow shutter speed (Somewhere between 1/4 of a second up to a few seconds) while moving the camera vertically or horizontally.

Ocean Seascape - 0.4 seconds at F8

Intentional camera movement photography is different from long exposure and camera panning photography. Generally, long exposure photography involves the use of a tripod to avoid shake while producing a sharp, in-focus image of fixed structures. Night shots, car headlights, fishing docks, etc. Camera panning photography uses a low shutter speed while following a moving car, bicycle or surfer.

Some photographers may frown on ICM as they do at HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography but I find it quite fun to do and pleasing to the eye. I've only experimented with ocean seascapes but look forward to trying it on other subjects. My philosophy is to try something new, experiment, learn, have fun, repeat.

Ocean Art Wave Photography Series -

This morning I went to the beach and tried a slight variation of the intentional camera movement photography technique. Rather than moving the camera vertically or horizontally, the lens is either zoomed in or out while the shutter is open. While this is nothing new, I had yet to try it. Interesting results. Let me know your thoughts.

Beach Seascape Abstract - 0.6 seconds at F22

Fine Art Photography & Ocean Art Print Store Now Open

I'm pleased to announce that my seascape and ocean photography is available for purchase through my direct checkout Fine Art Photography & Ocean Art Print Store.

Fine art photography for your home or office are available as prints, canvas gallery wraps and metal prints in many various sizes. If you don't find what you're looking for; ask. I'm happy to help with special requests.

For larger projects , images are available through Fine Art American, Great American Art and American Business Interiors. They provide expert design solutions for your office or facility. Professional framing, matting and installation is available.

Mulligan's Skim Jam - The World's Largest 1 day Pro/Am Skim Contest

The 9th Annual Mulligan's Skim Jam competition happened today at Mulligan's Beach House in Vero Beach, Florida. The event was hosted by Shore lb. [shore pound - def: surfer slang used to describe how waves crash directly on the beach] out of Ft. Pierce, Florida. Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for warm ups but it was a great way to kick off the first day of the long Labor Day weekend.

Congratulations to the winners:

Pro division Winners

  1. Zach Carter

  2. Ryan McFarland

  3. Troy Rhoten

  4. Derek Shenton

I'm Turning Pro Tommrow

  1. CJ Lugo

  2. Nicholas Seire

  3. Brandon Rollan

  4. Ryan Mietz

I'm Better Division

  1. Tyler Ferris

  2. Jake Grigas

  3. Jacob Carter

  4. Perry Cohen

I'm Good Division

  1. Shane Antalick

  2. Ryan Hooker

  3. Kolby Taylor

  4. Corey Kiltz

I Suck Division

  1. Nathan Carter

  2. Code Katz

  3. Sterling Myers

  4. Eli Barin

The First year Ever - The Shore lb. Triple Crown Winners

  • Pro Tomorrow: CJ Lugo

  • I'm Better: Tyler Ferris

  • I'm Good: Corey Kiltz

  • I Suck: Nathan Carter

Next up is the 4th Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival in Sebastian, Florida on September 17-18. Then, the Atlantic Surfing Championships - October 8-11 also at Sebastian Inlet State Park, Sebastian, Florida.

Below is the full Florida - Atlantic Surfing Federation schedule:

  • September 10-11, 2016 (Paradise Park / Melbourne Beach)

  • CHAMPIONSHIPS October 7-9, 2016 (Sebastian Inlet)

  • November 12-13, 2016 (Spessard Holland / Melbourne Beach)

  • December 3-4, 2016 (Paradise Park / Melbourne Beach)

  • January 14-15, 2017 (Fort Pierce / Fort Pierce Inlet)

  • February 11-12, 2017 (Spessard Holland / Melbourne Beach)

  • March 11-12, 2017 (Paradise Park / Melbourne Beach)

  • April 15-16, 2017 (Ponce Inlet)

  • May 6-7, 2017 (Sebastian Inlet)